Doesn’t it feel great when you’re talking with someone and you can see them nod along with you.  You can tell you’re connecting. Nodding is feedback and it’s a clear signal to engage more.

At the heart of it, this is exactly what a performance appraisal should be… a conversation about personal and professional growth, challenge and the support that a team member may need to take their performance to the next level.

In the 24/7 news cycle we live in, we get instantaneous feedback in most every aspect of our lives. Twitter, Facebook, texting, mobile phone all create immediate connection and provide real-time feedback.

Think about it… what would it take for you to follow this lead and have your performance appraisals become real-time conversations that take place throughout the year?